ABU DHABI, 12th May, 2020 (WAM) — The United Arab Emirates and the United States of America held the third session of the joint consular committee between them to advance and consolidate cooperation in all joint consular fields for the care and service of the citizens of the two countries.
The meeting was chaired from the state side by His Excellency Faisal Issa Lutfi, Assistant Undersecretary for Consular Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and from the American side, His Excellency Shaun Murphy, Chargé d’Affairs at the US Embassy in the country.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed a number of common consular issues between the two countries and plans to follow up and develop them, in addition to discussing ways to enhance joint consular cooperation.
His Excellency Faisal Issa Lutfi stressed the importance of cooperation in the consular field and its role in advancing and strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries, praising the positive developments achieved during this year in terms of bilateral consular relations, and appreciating all the efforts made by both sides to provide distinguished consular services and facilitate the movement of citizens. the two countries.
His Excellency Faisal Lutfi conveyed the greetings of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and his praise for the depth of the bilateral relations between the two countries in the consular field, and affirmed the UAE’s keenness and interest in strengthening and developing relations between the two countries, which reflects the aspirations and directions of the wise leadership.
He added that the bilateral relations between the UAE and the United States of America witnessed qualitative shifts that directly contributed to their consolidation and progress, whether at the bilateral or global level.
He also stressed that the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America have strong and solid relations based on a long and ancient history and based on many common interests.
In turn, His Excellency Shaun Murphy praised the pioneering position enjoyed by the UAE at the regional and international levels, and the vital role it plays at various levels, stressing the importance of this committee in strengthening the framework of consular cooperation in all fields.
He praised the development of bilateral relations between the two countries during the past years, especially in the field of consular cooperation, stressing that his country aspires to develop this cooperation and exchange experiences with the UAE in this field, in a way that benefits the citizens of the two countries and enhances bilateral relations between the two friendly countries.
Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Interior, the Federal Authority for Identity, Nationality, Ports and Customs Security, the Ministry of Justice, and the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company in the UAE, as well as representatives from the competent authorities in the United States of America, participated in the meeting.
It is worth noting that since 1972, the UAE and the United States have distinguished and solid strategic and historical relations, based on a spirit of understanding and mutual respect, and have witnessed remarkable progress in recent years through the exchange of high-level visits between the two countries, the signing of agreements and memorandums of understanding, in addition to bilateral cooperation in All fields, the most important of which are defense, education and the economy.